Chelsea’s Bruno Saltor on interim boss role and Potter sacking

Chelsea coach Bruno Saltor (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)
Chelsea coach Bruno Saltor (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images) /

Chelsea’s Bruno Saltor has given his first Blues press conference. The temporary boss spoke on former head coach Graham Potter’s sacking and his new interim manager role.

24 hours is a long time in football. Well, it can be. A day has almost flown past at the time of writing with another whirlwind engulfing Chelsea Football Club. Potter was relieved of duty on Fulham Road Sunday evening, seemingly to the relief of the vast majority of CFC supporters. But why were Blues fans so against the ex-Chels’ gaffer’s reign? There are actually multiple aspects that didn’t work: quality, quantity of victories, along with peculiar and unnecessary tactical tweaking and experimentation.

Qualifying for a couple of Champions League Rounds, so to speak, was the only achievement in Potter’s stint at Stamford Bridge. So what was his form like? OK, this may make for tough reading. After 22 games, the onetime Chelsea manager has an uneven Premier League record to say the least. He only managed to produce seven winning outcomes in his time at the Bridge. Incredibly, the final defeat at home to Villa pushed that tally ahead of victories at an astonishing eight. There were also seven draws in the era. Most telling of all is this stat: the Blues failed to score in nine EPL matches during the Englishman’s watch. Unacceptable.

Chelsea’s Bruno Saltor on Potter sacking, interim boss role

If you weren’t aware, Saltor was an assistant coach under Potter. He now leads the west London club until they appoint a full time head coach as successor to the former Brighton & Hove Albion man. Incidentally, you may remember the 42-year-old from his playing career at Brighton where he became a Seagulls legend.

At the pre-Liverpool presser, Saltor was asked about Potter and his new post:

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"“It’s been a difficult 24 hours for all of us. We just have to deal with the situation.”“If I’m here now it’s because Graham and the club thought it was the right step. It’s a massive challenge. I have a lot of experience in changing rooms. I will try to help and guide players. Then, I’ve got that feeling that I can help young players.”"